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Characters: Marvel Cinematic Universe

This page lists characters that appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

  • Captain America note 
  • The Incredible Hulknote 
  • Iron Mannote 
  • Thornote 
  • Guardians of the Galaxynote 
  • The Avengers: Age of Ultronnote 
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. (the organization)note 
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (the series)note 

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Universal Enemies

     The Chitauri 

The Chitauri

A mysterious race of cyborg aliens in the employment of Loki and the Other. They invade Earth in The Avengers.

     The Other 

The Other

"We look beyond the Earth to greater worlds the Tesseract will unveil."

Portrayed By: Alexis Denisof

An alien who acts as the liaison between the master of the Chitauri and Loki.
  • Back for the Dead: Appears in Guardians of the Galaxy in a couple of scenes, acting as a middleman between Ronan and Thanos. When Ronan goes to see Thanos in person, he grows annoyed with the Other constantly arguing with him, and kills him.
  • Black Cloak: He wears a black robe that covers the top half of his face.
  • Canon Foreigner: Created for The Avengers.
  • The Dragon: Appears at first to be working for Loki, but is quickly revealed to be the intermediary for the even more powerful Thanos. After his untimely death, it appears the Titan's adopted daughter Nebula will take his place instead.
  • Easily Conquered World: Believed Earth would be one of these, and that the entire Earth would surrender the minute the Chitauri landed.
  • Famous Last Words: "You will show respect in his presence, you simpering pinion!"
  • Humanoid Aliens: He has the same general shape as a human (and of course is played by a human actor), but the details are very different. For starters, he has two thumbs on each hand. It's not really clear if he's of the same race as the Chitauri.
  • In the Hood: His hood helps to further obscure his face.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: A servant of Thanos who hides half of his face.
  • Mouth of Sauron: Serves as the mouthpiece for his master.
  • Nightmare Face: Though we only see some of it.
  • Neck Snap: Ronan kills the Other using a blast of force from his hammer, not only breaking his spine but twisting his head nearly 180.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Something of a given for anyone who willingly serves Thanos.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: In Guardians of the Galaxy, he only appears briefly before Ronan kills him.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: From the start, he shows annoyance over working with Loki. Though, it was ultimately up to Thanos to make that decision, and gave him both his army as well as the scepter.
    • He also doesn't like working with Ronan the Accuser much either, chastising him for talking to Thanos without the proper respect. This provokes Ronan into killing him.
  • Undying Loyalty: To his master.

    Thanos the Mad Titan 

Thanos the Mad Titan

"I shall honor our agreement Kree, if you bring me the Orb. But return to me again empty handed, and I will bathe the starways in your blood."

Portrayed By: Damion Poitier, Josh Brolin
Appearances: The Avengers (Portrayed by Damion Poitier) | Guardians of the Galaxy

Leader of the Chitauri, who lent Loki his forces in exchange for Loki promising him the Tesseract in The Avengers. He later promises Ronan the Accuser that he will destroy the homeworld of the Nova Corps in exchange for the Orb in Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • 0% Approval Rating: The guy has Chronic Getting-Backstabbed Disorder. Gamora and Nebula both hate him and abandon him the moment they see their chance, and the instant Ronan knows he can get what he wants without Thanos, he straight-out tells him that he (Ronan) is going to kill him (Thanos). The only characters who actually serve him without thoughts of betrayal are Loki (who's insane), and the Other (who's a Flat Character). Really, Thanos's biggest weakness is that the instant he turns his back on anyone, they bring out the knife.
  • Abusive Parent: He "adopted" both Nebula and Gamora after killing their respective families. He then surgically modified both with cybernetics to become his personal enforcers. Gamora calls her time with Thanos worse than any nightmare, and Nebula states that Thanos turned her into a monster.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Has purple skin.
  • Archnemesis Dad:
    • Gamora, one of his adopted daughters, fights against his forces in Guardians of the Galaxy.
    • While his other daughter Nebula continues to serve him, she really hates Thanos and turns against him as soon as she gets the opportunity, joining Ronan.
  • Artifact of Doom: Wants to reassemble the Infinity Gauntlet in order to take over the universe.
  • Bad Boss:
    • Makes violent, inventive threats to both Loki (through the Other) and Ronan (in person).
    • Doesn't react at all when Ronan kills the Other in front of him.
    • Everyone who works for him in Guardians of the Galaxy takes the earliest possible opportunity to betray him.
  • Bigger Bad: While not directly involved in any of the early films he appears in, he's the galactic Evil Overlord driving events from behind the scenes. All in order to gather the Infinity Stones and take over the Universe.
    • In The Avengers, his mouthpiece tells Loki to get Thanos the Tesseract as promised, or suffer unimaginable pain.
    • In Guardians of the Galaxy, Thanos himself tells Ronan the Accuser he'll only honor their deal to destroy Ronan's enemies if Ronan brings him the Orb. If Ronan doesn't, Thanos promises he will bathe the stars in Ronan's blood instead.
  • Bodyguard Babes: Favors employing women as his agents and enforcers, adopting various "daughters" he conditions into living weapons.
  • Chair Reveal: We get our first full glimpse of Thanos when Ronan kills his enforcer and asks him to directly address him, cue a slow swivel and we see Thanos in the flesh.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: His bright blue eyes glow slightly.
  • The Dreaded: His minions are terrified of him. Just standing up caused The Other to hastily duck his head.
    • Loki was clearly intimidated by the Other's threats of Thanos's wrath,
    • Korath briefly tried to talk Ronan out of betraying the Titan, warning "Thanos is the most powerful being in the universe".
  • Evil Overlord: Thanos has entire planet-conquering armies, a personal retinue of Bodyguard Babes, and scares the hell out of anyone who's ever worked for him.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has a very deep, booming voice.
  • Galactic Conqueror: He's the one who lent Loki a planet-conquering army. He also promises Ronan he will destroy Xandar, homeworld of the Nova Empire, in Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Large Ham: Inevitable for a Purple Skinned Overlord but Josh Brolin does enjoy himself a bit much.
  • The Man Behind the Man:
    • He's the master of the Chitauri, who promised Loki Earth in exchange for the Tesseract in The Avengers.
    • In Guardians of the Galaxy, he commands Ronan the Accuser to find the Orb in exchange for his help against Xandar, putting Ronan into conflict with the main characters. However, once Ronan turns against him, Thanos is no longer involved with Ronan's actions. The film implies that Thanos has been backing Ronan for some time; after Ronan is killed, Drax considers Thanos the man truly responsible for his family's deaths.
  • Mythology Gag: In the comic books, Thanos is in love with the Personification of Death. His first onscreen appearance immediately plays off this.
    The Other: To challenge them... is to court death.
    Thanos: [smiles]
  • No Name Given: In the end credits of The Avengers, the credits for his actor and makeup artist list him as "Man #1", presumably to avoid spoilers. There is no Man #2.
  • Orcus on His Throne: The most that we've seen Thanos personally do in his two film appearances is stand up and smile in The Avengers and threaten Ronan in Guardians of the Galaxy.
    • Doesn't personally intervene against the good guys in The Avengers, even though it loses him both the Tesseract and the staff he gave Loki.
    • Similarly has Ronan the Accuser and Nebula deal with obtaining the Power Gem, even after Peter Quill steals it out from under them in Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Parental Favoritism: He refers to Gamora as his "favorite daughter." ...right in front of his other daughter, Nebula.
  • The Plan: The Avengers started his plan to obtain the Infinity Stones and become omnipotent, and it's since been revealed that the third Avengers film will feature him.
  • Red Baron: He's also known as "The Mad Titan".
  • Slasher Smile:
    • Upon hearing attacking Earth would be tantamount to a Suicide Mission, he grins.
    • He similarly grins after telling Ronan he will bathe the stars in Ronan's blood if the Kree zealot comes back empty-handed again.
  • The Voiceless: He has no lines during his initial onscreen appearance in The Avengers. This changes as of Guardians of the Galaxy, where Josh Brolin plays him.
  • World's Strongest Man: Ronan's second in command literally calls him "the strongest being in the universe". Even the most powerful of "superhuman" races like the Asgardians and Kree are afraid to cross him.

Others

     Stan Lee 

Stan Lee

Portrayed by: Stan Lee

A pioneer of the comic industry, and the creator or co-creator of most of the characters so far featured in not only the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also the X-Men, Spider-Man and other non-Disney film and franchises. Much like Alfred Hitchcock, it has become a tradition for Stan Lee to make cameo appearances in most movies or TV series based on Marvel Comics, MCU and otherwise.

    Spoiler Character (Marvel One Shots

The Mandarin

Portrayed By: N/A
Appearances: Marvel One-Shots (mentioned)

The Mandarin is the mysterious leader of the Ten Rings terrorist organization that menaced Tony in the first Iron Man film. Though Aldrich Killian's scheme to use the Mandarin's image made it seem that he was a mere fabrication, the Marvel short All Hail the King reveals that he is indeed real. Jackson Norris claims he was ordered by the Mandarin to break Trevor Slattery, the fake Mandarin, out of prison, evidently so the Diabolical Mastermind can punish his impostor personally.
  • Bigger Bad: He's behind the Ten Rings, but hasn't yet stepped into the spotlight with any evil plans.
  • The Ghost: So far, he's only been referenced by name in Iron Man 3 and All Hail the King, without appearing personally.
  • Meaningful Name: The word "Mandarin" comes from an ancient Chinese name for an "advisor to the King". Indeed, he's said to have advised powerful figures throughout human history.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Apparently, he's been around since before the Middle Ages. Though he could just be a Legacy Character, like some other versions.
  • Walking Spoiler: Revealing his existence gives away The Reveal from Iron Man 3 that the Mandarin appearing in that film is nothing but a Red Herring for Aldrich Killian, not to mention that Killian was lying about being the Mandarin all along.
  • Warrior Prince: He's described as a warrior king who's "inspired generations of men".
  • We Wait: Jackson Norris notes that his organization has been dormant for some time.


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